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Education system

Education system

Overview

Victoria operates a three tier education model for students.

  1. Primary school education consists of 7 levels - a preparatory or "prep" year followed by years 1 to 6.

  2. Secondary school education consists of years 7 to 12.

  3. Tertiary education offers specialist courses to students at either universities or TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutions.

A listing of all Victorian primary and secondary schools (both government and non-government) are available from the Department of Education web site.

Universities

Universities based in Victoria are listed below. Note that some universities may have changed roles or names since they were first established.

Some universities also offer courses at TAFE level, sometimes at dedicated campuses, however all campus locations, regardless of their teaching level, are listed below.

University Established Primary campus Other Australian campuses
Australian Catholic University 1991 Fitzroy
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane (QLD)
  • Canberra (ACT)
  • Sydney (NSW)
Deakin University 1974 Waurn Ponds
  • Burwood
  • Geelong
  • Warrnambool
Federation University 1994 Mount Helen
  • Ararat
  • Ballarat
  • Churchill
  • Horsham
  • Stawell
La Trobe University 1967 Bundoora
  • Bendigo
  • Melbourne
  • Mildura
  • Shepparton
  • Wodonga
Monash University 1958 Clayton
  • Berwick
  • Caulfield
  • Frankston
  • Parkville
RMIT University 1887 Melbourne
  • Brunswick
  • Bundoora
Swinburne University of Technology 1908 Hawthorn
  • Croydon
  • Prahran
  • Wantirna
University of Melbourne 1853 Parkville
  • Burnley
  • Creswick
  • Dookie
  • Shepparton
  • Southbank
  • Werribee
Victoria University 1916 Footscray
  • Melbourne
  • Melton
  • Newport
  • St Albans
  • Sunshine
  • Sydney (NSW)
  • Werribee

While not based in Victoria, Central Queensland University has a campus in Melbourne.

TAFE institutions

TAFE institutions in Victoria are administered by the state government, offering short courses, certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas in a range of vocational fields.

Some TAFE institutions exist as part of universities which offer courses at both TAFE and university level. In these cases, all campus locations, regardless of their teaching level, are listed below.

TAFE Campus locations
Advance TAFE
  • Bairnsdale
  • Lakes Entrance
  • Sale
Bendigo TAFE
  • Bendigo
  • Castlemaine
  • Echuca
  • Maryborough
Box Hill Institute of TAFE
  • Box Hill
  • Nunawading
  • Melbourne
Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE
  • Chadstone
  • Leongatha
  • Morwell
  • Traralgon
  • Warragul
  • Yallourn
Chisholm Institute of TAFE
  • Berwick
  • Cranbourne
  • Dandenong
  • Frankston
  • Rosebud
  • Wonthaggi
Federation University
  • Ararat
  • Ballarat
  • Churchill
  • Horsham
  • Mount Helen
  • Stawell
The Gordon
  • Colac
  • Geelong
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
  • Benalla
  • Seymour
  • Shepparton
  • Wangaratta
Holmesglen
  • Chadstone
  • Glen Waverley
  • Moorabbin
  • Southbank
Kangan Institute
  • Broadmeadows
  • Docklands
  • Essendon
  • Melbourne
  • Moonee Ponds
  • Richmond
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
  • Ararat
  • Broadmeadows
  • Collingwood
  • Eden Park
  • Epping
  • Fairfield
  • Greensborough
  • Heidelberg
  • Kyneton
  • Prahran
  • Preston
RMIT University
  • Brunswick
  • Bundoora
  • Melbourne
South West Institute of TAFE
  • Glenormiston
  • Hamilton
  • Portland
  • Warrnambool
Sunraysia Institute of TAFE
  • Mildura
  • Ouyen
  • Robinvale
  • Swan Hill
Swinburne University of Technology
  • Croydon
  • Hawthorn
  • Prahran
  • Wantirna
Victoria University
  • Footscray
  • Melbourne
  • Melton
  • Newport
  • St Albans
  • Sunshine
  • Sydney (NSW)
  • Werribee
William Angliss Institute
  • Cranbourne
  • Melbourne
Wodonga TAFE
  • Wodonga